Following record demand across the 2018 ticket
ballot phases for the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan, the first-come-first-served
ticket sales are set to begin.
Ticket sales will take place via a two-stage
process with an exclusive opportunity for applicants who were
unsuccessful in the 2018 sales ballots commencing on 15 January
and sales to the general public following on 19 January.
Ticket availability across the tournament
remains limited following record sales throughout the 2018
ballots. While there is still reasonable availability for certain
pool matches, tickets for the most popular matches remain
extremely limited. These include all knockout stage matches and
pool matches featuring the host nation Japan, defending champions
New Zealand, as well as Ireland and England.
Japan Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee
CEO, Akira Shimazu, said, “With less than 250 days to go before
Asia’s first Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan, it’s incredibly
exciting to see the phenomenal response from rugby fans here in
Japan and from across the world. The huge demand for tickets
points to Rugby World Cup 2019 being a truly special tournament. For anybody considering buying tickets for
matches that still have availability I suggest you move as quickly
as possible when first-come-first-served sales begin. The huge
demand from domestic rugby fans unable to secure tickets for Japan
matches will spread quickly to the tournament’s remaining matches.
There are still some great tickets available and we want to ensure
that we welcome as many foreign fans as possible for this
Those unable to secure tickets in the January
sales window should be aware that limited quantities of Rugby
World Cup 2019 tickets will be periodically made available for
sale across 2019 as new ticket inventory becomes available.
These tickets will be a mixture of seats
released from ongoing venue planning and configuration, handbacks
from the tournament's commercial programme and unions, and tickets
that have been registered for official resale by fans who can no
longer attend matches.
World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont, said, “Rugby
World Cup is proving to be the event to attend in 2019 with record
ticket applications. The incredible demand for tickets
demonstrates that Asia’s first Rugby World Cup has truly captured
the imagination of fans around the world. It will be a tournament
that has fans and teams at heart, celebrates rugby and Japan and
will further the reach and growth of the sport across Asia and
around the world.”
The two-stage process in the January sales
window is designed to give priority to applicants who were
unsuccessful in the 2018 ticket sales ballots.
Stage 1: Exclusive sales for unsuccessful
ballot applicants begin 20:19 Japan Standard Time (JST) on Tuesday,
15 January until 23:59 (JST) on Thursday, 17 January 2019. The
ticketing site will also close for essential maintenance between 01:00
and 05:30 (JST) on Wednesday, 16 January 2019.
Stage 2: General sales begin 10:00 (JST)
Saturday, 19 January until 23:59 (JST) Sunday, 31 March 2019.
With extremely limited availability for certain
matches, fans are being encouraged to use the real-time ticket
availability indicator on the ticketing website to give themselves
the best opportunity to secure Rugby World Cup 2019 tickets.
Another option for fans looking to secure match
tickets is through the Rugby World Cup 2019 Official Supporter
Tour and Hospitality programmes.
When purchasing tickets, fans will be able to
opt-in and donate to the ChildFund Pass It Back programme. In
partnership with World Rugby’s Impact Beyond programme, Pass It
Back inspires positive social change through the delivery of an
integrated life-skills and non-contact tag rugby curriculum,
educating children and young people in areas of leadership,
problem-solving, gender equality, conflict resolution and life
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